As part of the NERC-funded INSPIRE Doctoral Training Partnership (, applicants are sought for a competition-funded PhD studentship entitled “The changing freshwater composition of the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean: causes and impacts“. This is a joint project between the British Antarctic Survey (in Cambridge) and the University of Southampton, with supervisors Povl Abrahamsen (BAS), Alberto Naveira Garabato (UoS), Mike Meredith (BAS), Robert Mulvaney (BAS), and Alex Brearley (BAS). You can find more information about the project at Links to eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at The deadline for applications is 4 January 2021, with interviews in the second half of February, and project start in late September 2021. If this project doesn’t appeal, other ocean/environment/climate-related projects from the INSPIRE Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at

Please note that international students are eligible to apply; a limited number of studentships can be made available to international students. However, as things currently stand, the funding for these studentships will not cover the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees, leaving a shortfall of roughly £20k per year over the course of the 3.5-year PhD (~£70k in total). If you are not a UK citizen or permanent resident, you will need a plan for how you will cover these fees, e.g. through other grant sources. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Povl Abrahamsen,, +44 (0)1223 221401 572429 (home).


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